Monday, 10 May 2010

American Comedian Bill Maher on Culture and what should not be debateable in the West... Except it is..

I think Green is a suitable font for this as I'm cross posting it from Ted Leddy's excellent blog Gubu World. Ted has posted a video clip featuring Bill Maher who gives his tuppence worth on the South Park fiasco. Maher articultes in his characteristicly punchy fashion the benefits of post-enlightenment western culture. Full text from Gubu World below(link):

One of the reasons I got turned off left wing politics was the inability or unwillingness of the left to recognise Militant political Islam as being a highly dangerous right wing philosophy that is utterly repugnant to western democratic values. This became so clear to me after spending one month in Iran conducting research on the democratisation movement in that country.

When I came back the idea of Blame Bush/Blair/Bertie for everything seemed completely hollow after seeing what the young people of Persia have to put up with. I began to feel that the blame the west for everything politics of the left is like a spoilt teenager being cheeky toward their parents because they know they can. Gradually I actually became quite appreciative of the virtues of western style liberal democracy and quite proud of the fact that I live in a free country. However I do get great satisfaction on the odd occasion that a lefty decides to put things in perspective and call it like it is. HBO's Bill Maher is probably the most left wing person on American TV. Still, the comedian has the good sense to make it clear that for all the failings of the catholic church and eccentricity of the christian right, they got nothing on the Taliban. He also stipulates that when it comes to conservative Muslims living in western democracies, there are some things that are non negotiable.

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